Austria effortlessly combines a splendid urban life with that of the great outdoors. You can be admiring the architecture of Vienna one day, and then find yourself being floored by alpine summits the next.
You definitely wish you could stay forever in Austria, but limited time is what most of us have. While there are so many wonderful places to explore in the country, these are the top 5 places to visit in Austria :
Top 5 Places to Visit in Austria
An ancient salt mine village and once only accessible by boat and mountain trail, Hallstatt now enjoys status as a popular tourist destination. While it is known to cater to different winter activities, it also serves as a history lover’s dream. Occupied since the Iron Age, there’s a wealth of evidence to be enjoyed about its past.
Wanderings are best started off at the Market Square with its beautiful buildings and host of restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops. Beneath a sports shop are several significant archaeological artifacts, including early Iron Age and prehistoric salt mines, which you can view for free.
Of course, more archaeological finds from the area can be viewed at the Museum Hallstatt. For the curious, the Charnel House in St Michael’s Chapel is an eye-opener: over 1,200 painted skulls are housed here from corpses dug up in the 1700s to make way for new burials.
Other interesting attractions include the Church of Christ, Lake Hallstatt, and the Hallstatt Salt Mine.
You might know Innsbruck as a winter destination, but there’s more to this place than just its proximity to the Nordkette range. It’s not impossible to enjoy the summer in Tyrol’s capital with its beautiful architecture and stunning views.
Innsbruck is, in many ways, a microcosm of Austria: a wonderful mix of the urban and the outdoors. This is where you’ll find the Ambras Castle, a former Habsburg property located high up on a hill and known for its English landscape garden. But also within its premises are more than 200 paintings, including some of Europe’s best-known works.
Another former Habsurg property worth a visit is the Hofburg, with its not-to-be-missed Giant’s Hall that features frescoes and paintings of the Empress Maria Theresia and her 16 children, including Marie Antoinette.
Other attractions in town include the Goldenes Dachl Museum, Alpenzoo, Court Church, Erlebnisoase Olympisches Dorf (Olympic Village), Ferdinandeum Tyrolean State Museum, and the Audioversum (an interactive museum of hearing).
This is where the rivers, Krems and Danube, meet. Like Hallstatt, this area has been inhabited for thousands of years but was just mentioned in writing in 996 CE.
Interesting things to do here include visiting the Karikaturmuseum (houses works by cartoonists, caricaturists, and satirists), Piarishtenkirche, Steiner Tor, and Kunsthalle Krems.
A city of culture and home of Mozart, Salzburg combines an Alpine surrounding with wonderful baroque architecture. This UNESCO World Heritage site is best explored on foot with stunning sights to see on every corner.
Among the places you’ll see include the Mirabell Palace (with its lovely gardens), the Hohensalzburg Fortress (offering 36-degree views of the Old City), St Peter’s Cemetery (featuring unique ancient burial sites), St Peter’s Abbey, Mozart’s Birthplace on Getreidegasse, and the Salzburg Museum.
Imperial architecture, museums filled with masterpieces, music from great classical artists, and great food and drink – these are what Vienna has to offer. With so much to offer, spending even just an hour in the city feels so much more.
Vienna was the home of the Habsburgs for over six centuries, and you can see just how grand they lived by visiting the Hofburg palace complex, the Schloss Belvedere, and the Schloss Schönbrunn.
The city’s museums are filled with masterpieces, which makes it a feast for the eyes. Masterpieces by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens can be found in the Kunsthistorisches Museum while works by Austrian painters Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele are found in the MuseumsQuartier. You can also find prehistoric finds at the Naturhistorisches Museum.
Vienna’s musical heritage is really strong: Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn, Mozart, Mahler, Strauss, and Schubert – just to name a few. And you can hear their work performed in the city’s many incredible venues.
Coffee-house “living rooms” are pretty popular in Vienna as are Vinothek (wine bar) cellars. You can sample local and international delicacies at Naschmarkt stalls and its many restaurants.
Austria is truly one of the most spectacular places you could visit in Europe – and the world. And the five places presented here are just a few of those that give you a glimpse of Austria’s beauty and wonder.
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